'SpongeBob' Inspired Heimlich

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A TWELVE-YEAR-OLD GIRL SAVED HER BEST FRIEND'S LIFE TODAY BY PERFORMING THE HEIMLICH MANEUVER ON HER. MIRIAM STAROBIN SAYS SHE LEARNED HOW TO DO THE HEIMLICH FROM WATCHING IT ON SPONGEBOB. SARAH GRAY HAS THE STORY.

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SPONGEBOB SQUARE-PANTS, A FICTIONAL NICKELODEON CARTOON, WAS CREDITED YESTERDAY WITH INSPIRING A LIFESAVING RESCUE IN LONG BEACH NEW YORK.

STAROBIN HAD JUST FINISHED REHEARSING A SONG IN MUSIC CLASS WHEN HER TEACHER CRACKED A JOKE THAT HAD THE CLASS LAUGHING.

(STAROBIN)
"Allyson was chewing gum, which she shouldn't have been. We were laughing and then the gum gets lodged in Ally's throat. And she stopped laughing, which was weird because Ally laughs a lot."

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THATS WHEN STAROBIN REMEMBERED AN EPISODE OF SPONGEBOB SQUARE-PANTS WHERE SHE BELIEVES SHE SAW SPONGEBOB USE THE HEIMLICH MANEUVER TO RETRIEVE A CLARINET LODGED IN THE THROAT OF ANOTHER CHARACTER, SQUIDWARD.

(STAROBIN)
"And I get her up and I do the Heimlich and the gum goes flying out of her mouth."

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THE FUNNY THING IS, A NICKELODEON SPOKESMAN SAYS THERE WAS NEVER AN ACTUAL EPISODE OF SPONGEBOB PERFORMING THE HEIMLICH.

(SPOKESPERSON)
"Not that we can find."

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NEITHER OF THE GIRLS WERE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT.

(ALLYSON GOLDEN)
"It didn't exactly show the Heimlich maneuver, but SpongeBob kicked Squidward in the stomach the same way you would put pressure with your hands."

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THOUGH SHE GAINED FAME FROM THE PROCESS, STAROBIN REFUSES TO BELIEVE SHE IS A HERO.

(STAROBIN)
"I mean heroes are people who literally risk their lives to save people. I mean I did something that really anyone could if they tried."

Taliban Suspected of Sickening Afghan Girls

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AFGHAN AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING THE SUDDEN ILLNESS OF MANY STUDENTS AND STAFF IN THREE SCHOOLS IN THE PAST WEEK IN NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN. SARAH GRAY HAS THE STORY.

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THE AFGHAN HUMAN INDEPENDENT RIGHTS COMMISSION ARE INVESTIGATING THESE ILLNESSES AFTER LOCAL DOCTORS SUGGESTED THE TALIBAN MAY BE BEHIND THE POSSIBLE POISON ATTACKS. AT LEAST 88 STUDENTS AND STAFF HAVE BEEN REPORTED ILL.

(SAYED KARIM TALASH)
"During the last seven days three cases of poisoning have occurred in Kunduz Province."

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DR. MOHAMMAD QASAM KHAMOOSH, WHO TREATED SOME OF THE ILL GIRLS, SAID UNKNOWN GASES WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ILLNESSES. AUTHORITIES WERE ABLE TO TAKE SAMPLES OF THE GAS, AND ARE CURRENTLY TESTING THEM.

(KHAMOOSH)
"These are terrorist activities against education in the country."

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GIRL'S SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN OPEN IN AFGHANISTAN SINCE 2001, BUT UNDER TALIBAN RULE, GIRLS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO ATTEND ANY SCHOOL.

THE KUNDUZ PROVICE HAS SEEN AN INFLUX OF TERRORIST ACTIVITY BY THE GROUP HIZB-E-ISLAMI, LED BY GULBUDEEN HENKMATYAR, THAT HAS BEEN CONNECTED TO THE TALIBAN.

(TALASH)
"It is really big concern for us, and big concern for the family of the girls."

Obama to Give Eulogy at Miner's Funeral

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PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL BE GIVING THE EULOGY TODAY AT THE FUNERAL OF THE TWENTY-NINE MINERS THAT DIED IN A MINE EXPLOSION IN WEST VIRGINIA. SARAH GRAY HAS THE STORY.

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THE APRIL FIFTH BLAST AT THE UPPER BIG BRANCH MINE WAS THE WORST U.S. MINE DISASTER SINCE 1972. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS DECIDED TO HONOR THOSE MINERS BY GIVING THE EULOGY AT THEIR FUNERALS.

BEFORE THE SERVICE, PRESIDENT OBAMA AND VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN WILL MEET WITH THE MINER'S FAMILIES.

(PRESIDENT OBAMA)
"All the hard work. All the hardship. All the time spent underground. It was all for their families. For a car in the driveway. For a roof overhead. For a chance to give their kids opportunities they never knew; and enjoy retirement with their wives."

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PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ORDERED A REVIEW OF THE EXPLOSION SAYING THE ACCIDENT WAS DUE IN PART TO FAILURES BOTH BY MANAGEMENT AND BY LOOPHOLES IN EXISTING LAWS.

OBAMA CALLED MASSEY ENERGY CO., THE COAL PRODUCER THAT OWNS THE MINE, A SAFETY VIOLATOR, AND DESCRIBED THE SAFETY RECORD AT THE MINE AS TROUBLED.

(PRESIDENT OBAMA)
"We cannot bring back the men we lost. What we can do, in their memory, is thoroughly investigate this tragedy and demand accountability."

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MASSEY ENERGY DEFENDED ITS SAFETY RECORD, AND CALLED OBAMA'S CRITICISM REGRETTABLE.

(MASSY COMPANY)
"We fear that the president has been misinformed about our record and the mining industry in general."

Action Taken to Keep 'Spring Jam' Under Control

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AFTER LAST YEARS OFF CAMPUS RIOTS OVER SPRING JAM, THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA SAYS ITS TAKING EXTRA PREVENTATIVE MEASURES TO MAKE SURE NOTHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS AGAIN. SARAH GRAY HAS THE STORY.

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LAST YEAR, SPRING JAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA GOT OUT OF HAND.

(JERRY RINEHART)
"Everything kind of took us by surprise"

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STUDENTS STARTED BONFIRES IN STREETS, TIPPED CARS AND EVENTUALLY RIOTED. MINNEAPOLIS POLICE HAD TO USE PEPPER SPRAY AND SMOKE GRENADES TO BREAK THE STUDENTS UP.

THIS YEAR THE UNIVERSITY HAS PLANNED TO HAVE MORE POLICE BOTH ON CAMPUS AND OFF.

(COURTNEY ELMERGREEN)
"We've been working closely with the University Police Department for enhanced police presence at our events."

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UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE ALSO BEEN ON FACEBOOK TRYING TO TRACK WHERE PARTIES WILL BE HELD. THEY PLAN TO START MONITORING THOSE PARTIES AT NOON ON SATURDAY, SO THAT THEY CAN KEEP THEM UNDER CONTROL.

UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ALSO RECEIVED EMAILS ABOUT SPRING JAM.

(HOLLY HODKIEWICZ)
"I read through those saying how there's going to be increased security and to be safe."

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UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS PREDICT THAT THE WEATHER MAY ALSO HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE ACTIVITIES.

(RINEHART)
"Bad weather helps keep some of the party indoors which takes some of the stress off the neighborhood."

6 Dead in Head on Collision

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THE STATE PATROL SAYS SIX PEOPLE WERE KILLED THIS MORNING IN A HEAD ON CRASH IN CAMBRIDGE MINNESOTA. OF THE SIX, THREE VICTIMS WERE TEENAGERS. SARAH GRAY HAS THE STORY.

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AROUND 2:40 AM AT HIGHWAY 95 AND COUNTY ROAD 70, A CAR AND AN SUV COLLIDED. LT. ERIC ROESKE SAID THE SUV HIT A CAR AFTER IT CROSSED THE CENTERLINE. THE SUV THEN BURST INTO FLAME. BOTH PEOPLE IN THE SUV DIED.

FOUR OF THE FIVE PEOPLE IN THE CAR ALSO DIED. THE ONLY SURVIVOR OF THE CRASH IS A 16 YEAR OLD GIRL FROM ISANTI, WHO WAS DRIVING THE CAR. SHE WAS AIRLIFTED TO HENNEPIN COUNTRY MEDICAL CENTER.

ROESKE SAID THAT THE GIRL HAD JUST RECEIVED HER LICENSE AND SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DRIVING AT THE HOUR OF THE CRASH. SHE ALSO SHOULD NOT HAVE HAD MORE THAN ONE PASSENGER.

ROESKE ALSO SAID THAT THE FOUR VICTIMS IN THE CAR WERE NOT WEARING THEIR SEATBELT.

INVESTIGATORS SAID THEY COULD SMELL ALCOHOL IN THE TEENS CAR. THEY ALSO SAID THAT BECAUSE OF THE FIRE IN THE SUV, AND THE SEVERE BURNS ON THE VICTIMS, THEY MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET TOXICOLOGY INFORMATION FROM THE VICTIMS OF THE SUV.

THE IDENTIFIED VICTIMS RANGED IN AGES FROM FIFTEEN TO TWENTY-FOUR, AND ALL LIVED AROUND THE CAMBRIDGE AREA. THERE IS STILL ONE UNIDENTIFIED VICTIM.

THIS IS ONE OF THREE DEADLY ACCIDENTS THIS WEEKEND INVOLVING TEENAGERS.

Christi Rowan

Christi Rowan, Denny Hecker's live in girlfriend, has an interesting past that KARE 11 went in-depth to discover.

Christi Rowan came into the spotlight when her boyfriend, Denny Hecker, began fighting no less than four separate legal actions. In U.S. District Court, he faces 25 count of Bankruptcy Fraud, Wire Fraud, Money laundering and Conspiracy charges.

As of Friday, April 9th, Rowan faces criminal fraud charges as well.

But Rowan's criminal history begins in Phoenix, Ariz. where she first faced criminal charges for stealing $14,000 from the dealership where she worked. Rowan pled guilty to these charges and came away from the trial with two felony counts.

Rowan then moved to Minn. where she had a son with her then husband Brent Rowan.

After living in Minnesota for some time, Rowan took a job with Pax Broadcasting, working as a sales executive. In her position, she worked the Randy Shaver Charity Golf Tournament, where she first met Denny Hecker.

Soon after, Rowan began working for KARE TV, where she handled much of the Denny Hecker publications.

During this time, Rowan moved out of her home with her husband and into a hotel with her two children, where Hecker paid most of her expensive hotel costs.

After Rowans divorce in 2008, she and her two children moved into Hecker's home in Medina where they lived with Hecker's two children from his fourth marriage.

In the time period where Hecker and Rowan were living together, Rowan allegedly assisted Hecker in hiding assets from the court as he continued "his lavish lifestyle" just before and during bankruptcy.

Rowan's criminal conduct continued during this period when she obtained a Land Rover. Rowan claimed on the application that she was an attorney employed by Gannett (KARE's parent company) making over $189,000 annually. The application was false. She is not and has never been an attorney and was not earning over $189,000 annually, KARE reports.

This allowed the courts to charge Rowan with one count of "bank fraud," a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison. He added an additional charge of giving a false statement under oath, a crime punishable by five years in prison.

Finally, on February 23rd, the federal bankruptcy trustee filed a judgment against Rowan for $425,000. This involves money and property given to her by Hecker or obtained by her for Hecker's use.

The April 9th criminal fraud charges are in U.S. District Court.

Metro Libraries Struggling

Libraries across the state are going through what the Pioneer Press is calling their worst crisis ever.

Funding is evaporating, hours are being slashed, staffs are shrinking and a noose is tightening around many libraries, especially small libraries like the one in Arden Hills.

According to the American Library Association, with the recession, about 75 percent of libraries have seen their budgets drop this year.

Minnesota recently cut about $300 million in aid to cities and counties, which provide the biggest source of income for libraries.

Across the metro area, funding is falling. For example, the city-owned Bayport Library's funding has dropped 11 percent in two years. Washington County's library budget dropped 4 percent last year.

One Minnesota library director said funding has not kept up with demand for about 30 years.

"Now the problem is accelerating in both directions, less money and more use," said Dayle Zelenka, director of the Traverse de Sioux Regional Library in south-central Minnesota, Pioneer Press reports.

Unfortunately, the state funding cuts are coming at inopportune times for libraries, seeing as most libraries are busier than usual due to the increase in Job loss.

Millions of people are unable to afford home computer connections so they turn to libraries, particularly for job hunting. An estimated 77 million people, one-quarter of the U.S. population, used library computers last year.

Libraries are catering to this demand. At the North St. Paul Library, the computers were placed outside the library doors so they could be used when the library was closed. Those computers are used three times more than in other libraries.

The hope is that through this lack of funding, libraries will be able to make it through by cutting hours and cutting staff, rather than closing small libraries.

Hiker's Families, Still Waiting

It has been eight months since Shane Bauer went hiking with two of his friends and was arrested by the Irani police for trespassing into Iran.

Now, Bauer's mother, Cindy Hickey spends her days searching for ways to get her son home.

More than eight months have passed since her son, Shane Bauer, 27, his girlfriend, Sarah Shourd, 31, and their friend Joshua Fattal, 27, were detained by Iranian authorities and jailed for allegedly crossing an unmarked border the Star Tribune reports.

Hickey's mornings start with a cup of coffee, a quick Internet search of the news in Iran and a fresh tingle of hope: Maybe this will be the day her son is finally freed from a prison cell a world away. Her nights end in exhaustion and anger, but mostly sadness that another day passed without hearing her boy's voice or knowing with certainty that he is still alive, the Star Tribune reports.

In the long hours in between, Cindy Hickey fires off scores of e-mails and puts in dozens of calls to family, friends and government officials from Minnesota to Tehran in hopes of ending the nightmare that began in July with a hiking trip in the mountains of Iraq. Now it drags on, with her son and friends stuck in one of the world's toughest prisons, reportedly based on accusations of espionage.

The prisoners are supposedly being held because the Iranian government believes that
They have connections to U.S. Intelligence Agencies.

The three were in the area for an 8-day hiking trip in Northern Iraq, when they mistakenly crossed the border and were arrested.

The only contact Hickey has had with her son is a one minute phone conversation that Hickey says, was filled with I love you's.

National Gallery to Reveal its Fakes

The National Gallery in London has decided to display over 40 pieces of artwork that were removed from the Gallery when they was discovered to be fake, the BBC reports. The collection reportedly contains works of art from Sandro Botticelli and Hans Holbein.

The exhibition is billed as a celebration of "the remarkable collaboration of scientists, conservators and art historians" at the central London gallery, the BBC reports.

The six room exhibit displays some of the biggest challenges that faced gallery experts over the years.

According to the BBC, the gallery paid more for a fake than a real Botticelli when two pieces were purchased at the same time, in June 1874.

Venus and Mars were bought along with the more expensive An Allegory, which was thought to be a companion piece. Only later was the latter discovered to be a pastiche painted by a follower in the style of Botticelli.

A painting that the National Gallery acquired in 1990 that the Gallery Experts believed to be a Holbein will also be on display.

The Gallery experts discovered that the painting was not a Holbein after they ran a microscopic paint analysis and discovered that it was simply a resemblance of the original painting.

After removing the unoriginal paint, they discovered that the painting was in fact a Raphael.

These and many other works will be on display in the Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries display that opens on June 30, and runs until September 12.

Debate Team goes Paperless

Each member on the Wake Forest Debate team carries 6 Rubbermaid containers filled with around 5,000 pages of research to every debate, but the newest trend in the Debate world, is going paperless. The only question is whether or not it is effective.

Each page of research is meticulously stored in manila folders and filed within the Rubbermaid boxes to be used in each debate. With the aid of all those pages of argumentation, debaters can summon up well-reasoned, highly specific points about nuclear disarmament, this year's topic for college policy debaters, The New York Times reports.

The problem is that this paper tradition is not sustainable. Each team uses up to 100,000 pages each debate. That's why Whitman College in Walla Walla Washington is going paperless.

"We had a paper-throwing-out party," said Jim Hanson, coach at Whitman College. The students dumped hundreds of thousands of pages of research into recycling bins," New York Times reports.

The Cross Examination Debate Association which organizes a good number of debates each year said that 25 percent of teams went paperless this year.

However a good number of teams are adamant that they will not go paperless.

Since most teams have been using paper since Middle School, teams like Northwestern University believes that changing now would disrupt the team's continuity, New York Times reports.

There is also little chance for a full change in the future, since most high school and middle schools are not intending to switch to paper.

Many debaters also worry about the risks of computer failure during a paper-less debate. Any computer malfunction can mean the loss of a debate.

So although paperless debating may be the trend, it will take a lot of work to make that the norm.